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Gender and Sexuality

Graduate Conference Series

This Graduate Conference Series is a well-established forum of all those interested in the historical dimensions of gender, sexuality, feminism and masculinity. We encourage submissions from Masters and PhD students, as well as early career researchers, working on gender and sexuality (broadly defined) from any time period.

Although gender and sexuality are the overriding themes of the workshop, we welcome submissions that consider how these themes can be applied to a broader range of historical events, periods, mentalités, people or processes. Most of those who attend the workshop regularly do not necessarily consider themselves gender scholars, but have nevertheless welcomed the opportunity that the workshop provides to consider the historical role that gender can play in even the seemingly unlikeliest of situations. 

The workshop provides an opportunity to present finished or work-in-progress research to a friendly and supportive audience of your peers. Papers are likely to be 20-30 minutes in length, but we welcome submissions for longer formats or shorter paired papers for panel discussion. The format and length are flexible and the paper can be given in the manner that best suits the presenter’s material with discussion to follow.

Workshops take place in the Chadwick Room, Old Court, Selwyn College unless otherwise stated. Workshops begin at 1p.m, unless otherwise stated, and always last one hour. All welcome.


Fred E. Smith (fes40)

Katarzyna Brzezinska (

George J. Severs (


Easter 2018 Schedule:


2nd May (12.30-13.30)

Bethan Johnson, Newnham College, Cambridge

Women and Patriarchy in the Militant Separatist Groups of Western
Europe and North America During the Long ’68.


8th May

Eric Wycoff Rogers, Pembroke College, Cambridge

Better Homes; Better Citizens: the home and the “environmentalist”
approach to social reform in 1920s America.


23rd May

George Morris, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

‘A Trial Against the Catholic Body’: Giovanni Giacinto Achilli v. John Henry
Newman, 1851-53


30th May

Yushu Geng Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge

Early Chinese Feminisms (1897-1911).


6th June (Walters Room, Old Court, Selwyn College)

Holly Ashford, Pembroke College, Cambridge

Development, Population Control and Women’s Health: the case of 1960s
and 70s Ghana’.


13th June

Jennifer Adams-Massmann, University of Heidelberg 

Crawling into the little Side-Hole: Eighteenth-Century Moravian Women
and Devotion to the Blood and Wounds of Christ .